Support Your Local Gym
First, make sure you participate fully and pay for the summer program at your own gym. Summer is often a very slow time in the gym business and they can take advantage of the business. Before you decide to spend money outside of your own gym, you should really consider spending it at your own gym first.
No Trainer Will Work Harder Than Your Own Trainer
There is no camp coach more interested and dedicated to training your gymnast than your own trainer in your own gym. Coaches at gymnastics camps are usually coaches of other teams or high school or college gymnasts. They have their own gymnast or are thinking about a gymnastics career that doesn’t directly involve your child.
A Week at Camp Not For Gymnasts
It’s possible that a new coaching perspective can sometimes propel a gymnast’s progress, but a week or so is unlikely to have lasting training value. In essence, your gymnast’s progress will depend on the training they receive from your own coach throughout the year, not a week at a commercial summer camp.
Camps Let Gymnasts See Where They Really Stand
Camp gymnastics can provide some things that are not available in your gym. The commercial camp attracts a large number and variety of gymnasts from all over the country. Gymnasts can feel their position in the sport compared to all the gymnasts in the camp. It can be an enlightening experience.
Star Gazing Gymnastics
Commercial gymnastics camps are frequented by nationally recognized gymnasts and coaches who can be both inspirational and educational. Commercial gymnastics camps have all the latest training equipment, which may or may not be available in your own gym.
Gymnastics Camp Gives Your Gymnast a Summer Camp Experience
Another thing that commercial gymnastics provides is the camp experience including the social aspects of going to summer camp, meeting new people and making new friends and participating in traditional camp activities.
Camp is Kamp
So is it worth it? Send your gymnast to a commercial gymnastics camp if you have supported your own gym’s summer training program. Send them to a commercial summer camp for a typical summer camp social experience. If that is your goal, then your gymnast will definitely be able to have a positive gymnastics summer camp experience.
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